Mules Down Ephs 18-7

Eph's Emma Tenbarge '19
Eph's Emma Tenbarge '19

WATERVILLE, ME—The Ephs (5-6/2-5 NESCAC) took on the Mules (6-5/2-5 NESCAC) in an away match this afternoon. After a 4-point scoring streak from the mules, the Ephs began netting points, leaving the team with only a two-point deficit going into the second half. The 8-6 score quickly changed in the games second half, which resulted in a total of 10 points for Colby and a single Williams goal.

The first point of the match was scored by Colby senior Kendall Smith. After a forced turnover by Williams, the Mules took play quickly to the offensive. A free position attempt was called, and Smith took advantage of this opportunity to drive straight for the net, putting Colby on the scoreboard with the clock at 27:06.

Of the three consecutive Mule goals that followed this one, two were netted by senior Sasha Fritts. One was also assisted by Smith.

About halfway through the period, the Ephs succeeded in answering this scoring streak from their opponents. An uncaused turnover by the Mules allowed for a groundball pickup by Eph sophomore Isabel Perry. The Ephs rapidly cleared the ball, and after maneuvering to avoid the opponents' defense sophomore Kara Wollmers sent the ball swiftly past the goalie, netting the first point for Williams in this game. Her score was followed within a minute by another from junior teammate Emma Tenbarge, who was assisted by first-year Claire Fitzpatrick.

The teams exchanged goals for the next several minutes, bringing the score to 6-3, Colby leading, before a three-point Williams scoring streak began. Two of these goals were scored by Tenbarge, unassisted, and the third was another from Wollmers, with Fitzpatrick on the assist. The game was tied 6-6 with 1 minute and 33 seconds remaining to the period.

The Mules made the very most of this half, though, and used the final seconds to gain a two-point advantage over the Ephs. At half-time the score was 8-6.

The second half opened, like the first, with four consecutive goals by Colby. Of these, two were scored by Smith. They were interrupted by one Williams goal at 18:35 before going on to score a total of six more points. The goals were scored by six different players.

The single Williams goal for the half was netted by Tenbarge, her fourth point of the game. After a free position attempt by first-year Sophia Millay which went high, Williams kept control of the ball and Tenbarge was able to get to goal and score without an assist.

Each team had two goal-keepers in play during this game. Williams sophomore Kami Cisneros saved 7 shots and allowed 13 points during her 42:50 in the net. Her teammate, junior Ana Alvarenga, saved 2 and allowed 5. On the opposing side, junior Izzy Scribano played for nearly the whole game. She saved 11 shots and allowed 7 in during her time between the posts. Senior Sam Burch was in goal for 2 minutes and forty seconds, and neither saved nor allowed in any shots.

Kendall Smith led the Mules, and the field, for scoring with 6 points. She was followed by teammate Sasha Fritts who had 5 points to her name. For the Ephs, Emma Tenbarge dominated the offensive with 4 goals scored. Kara Wollmers scored the remaining 3 Williams points.

Coach Lee also mentioned, "Highlight today was our draw with Emma Tenbarge." Williams won 16 draw controls in this match, compared with Coby's 9. 

"Colby played a great game against us and put us under pressure," Head Coach Alice Lee says of the afternoon's competition. "We learned a lot from today and will look to adjust a couple of things and move forward."

The Ephs will be playing again tomorrow, April 15, at 2:00PM EST, when they will take on Skidmore at home.